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Pet Policy

For reasons of safety, health and sanitation, pets of any type are not allowed in any University owned or leased building under any circumstances. This policy includes University residence halls.
Exceptions:

  • Service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Approved research animals as used in accordance with the UTC Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences' Animal Care and Use Policy.
  • Animals professionally trained for theatrical purposes and directly supervised by show personnel within a controlled environment.

Any dogs or other domestic animals on University grounds must be in the control of their owners in accord with the ordinances of the City of Chattanooga. Under no circumstances should animals be allowed to run loose or be tied to buildings, handrails, trees, bicycle racks, or other objects. Any infractions or complaints should be brought to the attention of Campus Police, 425-4357.

Rationale

Health

Pets allowed in campus buildings pose health related problems to building occupants. Examples of detrimental health effects associated with animal/human contact include, but are not limited to: allergies associated with pet hair or urine; animal to human disease transmission; the potential for animal bites.

Safety

In the event of an emergency building evacuation, animals in campus buildings have the potential to impede occupant egress.

Reference

Chattanooga City Ordinance Sec. 7-15. Dogs running at large; animals in parks and recreation areas.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to allow any unrestrained dog belonging to him or under his control or habitually found on premises occupied by him or immediately under his control to go unrestrained upon the premises of another without permission of the property owner or other person in control of the property or upon any public street or sidewalk or other public property in the City. Any dog found running at large in violation of this section and any dog required to be licensed found at large unlicensed is declared to be a nuisance and liable to seizure and disposal as provided in this Chapter.

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